The full line-up for this season of Dancing With The Stars has been announced, with the celebrities already being paired up with their professional partners. The show’s 21st season will see thirteen celebrities compete for the coveted mirrorball trophy, which was last won by Rumer Willis and partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy in May.
Oscar nominee Gary Busey announced he had signed up for the show during an appearance on 'Jimmy Kimmel' Live on Tuesday, where he arrived in the studio dressed as a cowboy riding a white horse. Busy will be teamed with pro Anna Trebuskay.
Celebrity chef Paula Deen will be hoping to use the show to rebuilt her career following her racism scandal two years ago. The 68 year old said she decided to take part in the completion because, “This is the first time in a few years that I felt like my weight would allow me to participate.” Deen has been paired with pro Louis Van Amstel.
Bindi Irwin, the 17 year old daughter of the late ‘Crocodile Hunter’ star Steve Irwin, will compete with partner Derek Hough, a five time winner on past seasons. Last year’s winner Val Chmerkovskiy will now team with Tamar Braxton, the reality star and younger sister of R’n’B singer Toni.
Former Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter follows his brother Aaron who competed in the show’s ninth season in 2009. Cater has been paired with Australian pro Sharna Burgess, while another singer, Chaka Khan, will be putting her disco moves to the test when she is teamed with Keo Motsepe.
On ‘Good Morning America’ it was announced that French train hero Alek Skarlatos would be competing with pro Lindsay Arnold. Skarlatos, made headlines last month after he and two friends subdued a gunman on a train heading to Paris. The 22 year old told ‘GMA’ he joined the show simply to have fun and hoped he would ‘learn a lot’.
This season will also see the first ever married couple fight for the mirrorball as Spy Kids actress Alexa PenaVega and her husband Carlos PenaVega both compete. Alexa will be partnered with Mark Ballas, while Carlos will team with Witney Carson.
Also announced for the season were ‘Real Housewives’ star Kim Zolciak who’ll team with Tony Dovolani. Jockey Victor Espinoza who has being paired with the returning Karina Smirnoff. Vine personality Hayes Grier, teaming with Emma Slater and singer Andy Grammer who’ll pair with pro Allison Holker. The season premieres on ABC, September 14th.